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Two additional symbols from Pope Francis’ early days

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In a previous post, we reflected on the symbolic importance of Cardinal Bergoglio’s choice of the name Francis. This decision was the first of a number emblematic measures that have sent messages of change to the Church and to the world. During the first days and months of his time in office, Pope Francis’ behavior was full of symbolism that reinforced the story of the type of pope he would strive to become.  Today, we consider two further examples of this symbolic behavior.  The symbol of his initial contact with the people: The first time he faced his followers, Pope Francis walked out timidly, dressed in plain white, wearing a … Continue reading

Story and symbol–how the pope links the two together

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  I often talk with my clients and seminar attendees about being acutely aware of symbol. In fact, we should all be very attentive to the images we project with every one of our actions, whether large or small. The stories that others will tell about our symbolic moments or acts will greatly affect our reputation, and our ability to lead or influence.  I am not sure if Pope Francis is consciously using the power of symbol as he goes about his daily business. It may well be that he is simply being himself, that he is speaking in his natural voice and embodying his natural persona. However, whether all … Continue reading

Pope Francis and stories of collective identity

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  In the past few weeks, we have seen a variety of ways in which Pope Francis has employed personal storytelling in his communication. As for any leader, personal storytelling is the most effective manner to illustrate “who I am” and “why I do things the way I do.” The pope’s personal stories of identity display his values and beliefs loudly and clearly.  Effective leaders express themselves through various types of personal stories of identity. Some of these stories express directly “who I am”. These are tales of where I come from, the origins of my values and beliefs, why I do things the way I do them, and why … Continue reading

A storytelling pope and why I stay interested in his story

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While the coming weeks will be busy with travel and client activity for me, I do plan to write more about one of the most compelling “storytelling and leadership”  events in recent history–Pope Francis and his use of personal stories of identity. Before doing so, though, I should make two confessions. The first one is that I had certainly never intended to write for so many weeks, even months now, about any one individual. My readers and friends have speculated that I have become a bit obsessed with the story of Pope Francis for the novelty of following the career of the first pope from the Americas. Others say that … Continue reading

A story of “where my management style originates from”

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  This week, I continue about Pope Francis and how he uses his personal stories of identity to express who he is and why he does things the way he does. One of the elements I work on with my clients is their ability to tell stories from their past that demonstrate the origin of their values, beliefs or management philosophy. These stories explain to followers why a leader does things the way he or she does. The pope gives us a fine example of this type of story when he talks of why he likes a consensual approach to management rather than an authoritarian one. In fact, we see … Continue reading

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